Wasserman Schultz on Trump's FY 2020 Budget Request
"President Trump's recklessly cruel 2020 Budget Request is a grim repudiation of American values. It plunders education, medical research and job training programs, to name just a few critical middle class needs, while failing to raise caps on defense and non-defense spending, thus stymying any real investment opportunities for students, infrastructure or public health.
The President and Republicans in Congress already saddled taxpayers with a $2 trillion deficit by passing a grotesque GOP Tax Scam for the rich, which this plan relies on permanently extending. Now Trump gives the middle class this anemic spending request that cuts Medicare, Medicaid and health care programs, while audaciously seeking $8.6 billion for a wasteful border wall that no one but his nativist base wants -- a cost that he has shamelessly asked military families to shoulder.
This easily-ignored Budget Request is an alarming roadmap towards endangering America's future. As a member and subcommittee chair of the Appropriations Committee, I will work closely with Republicans and Democrats to craft Appropriations bills that truly protect our nation and grow our economy for all Americans, not just the wealthy few. We must write a budget that strengthens rather than undermines our national security and military readiness."